- Date: Thursday, May 22, 2008 -- 8pm
- Location: Chicago, IL
- Kitchen: Vigleik and Shihchi's Apartment
- Fellow Chef: Shihchi
- Dining Companion: Vigleik
- Recipe Rating: B-
The quick-and-easy desserts in The Book are running quite low these days, but I have a couple dessert sauces left. I suggested this strawberry sauce to go with dinner last week at Vigleik and Shihchi's place. Reading the recipe, I thought, "How could this not be good?" It was disappointing though. It certainly wasn't bad, but it wasn't nearly as tasty as I had hoped. The first step in making this sauce was to make a simple syrup infused with orange zest. This, along with optional orange liqueur, was meant to give the sauce a nice orange undertone. The liqueur was listed as optional, and since we didn't have any around I left it out. This, I think, was a mistake. Essentially the sauce tasted exactly like pureed strawberries, with a slightly better texture. You might argue that is what a strawberry sauce should taste like, and maybe you'd be right! But it seemed very bland given that we went through the effort to make an orange-infused simple syrup. I tried and tried but I couldn't detect the orange flavor at all. The sauce also could have used more sugar, and a dash of salt. Those two additions would have given it a more vibrant strawberry flavor (and maybe even brought out the missing orange). This sauce might have also been hugely improved by adding the optional liqueur. If that is the case, then it shouldn't be listed as optional! As it was, it was just ok. The raspberry sauce in The Book is delicious, so if you are looking for a good berry sauce, go with that one instead.
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Mike and Vero suggested that I add a list on the blog of equipment and hard-to-find ingredients which I need to finish the project. So, in the right sidebar, if you scroll down a bit you will find the Gourmet Project Wishlist. I am absolutely not trying to guilt anyone into buying me anything -- rather Vero and Mike said it would be helpful for people who want to contribute to the project but don't know what I need. The list will probably get longer, as I'm not sure I even fully realize all the things I need to finish the project (it will hopefully also get shorter as I find/borrow/receive some of the listed items!) If you want to send something and don't know the address to send it to, you can email me at TheGourmetProject@gmail.com. I know the things on the list are crazy specific -- sorry about that, but that is what is called for in The Book! Thanks to Vero and Mike for the awesome suggestion! It is so sweet of you to want to help!